Switch it up
If you use a product that scratches your skin you could be unknowingly spreading bacteria. Try to buy a scrub that is gentle on your skin with fruit acids and enzymes. A deep cleansing mask will also help to draw out impurities. For problem skin it’s important to incorporate products that contain pore cleaning salicylic acid, tea tree oil or witch hazel.
Products to put on your must have list:
IF you have severe acne it’s best to go for a medical facial that will help skin that is extremely inflamed. When your skin is very inflamed your skin is best treated with a cleanse that can open pores and extract spots.SkinCeuticals Blemish + Age Skin Therapy runs a clinic with Dr Nigma Talib from £175.00 (020 7792 8073). If you would prefer a non-medical facial make sure that it keeps skin hydrated as a facial that is drying can cause the skin to overcompensate causing more spots.
Murad blemish control facial from £55.00 (0844 472 7050)
Change is good
Changing your routine can be difficult but in the long term it’s very rewarding and can help to reduce problem skin.
- If you layer on a lot of foundation you are creating a build up of oil which encourages spots. Heavy cream blushers can block your pores with a heavy red dye which stops your skin being able to breathe and clear itself. Mineral makeup is completely natural and doesn’t contact any nasty chemicals that can affect your skin. By switching to mineral makeup you’re giving your skin time to recover and will soon find your skin is not irritated in the same way as traditional cosmetics.
- Taking extra vitamins and minerals helps to maintain your zinc levels which is vital in combating acne.
- Keep your diet colourful with lots of fruit and vegetables. The healthier the diet, the better your skin will behave!